All posts tagged: academia

A Deep Dive into the Academic Humanities: White Privilege

As I mentioned in my first article, ‘social justice warriors’ are reported on by the media in a way that makes them seem a lot more numerous than they actually are. This is not the case in certain academic publishing spheres, some of which appear to consist exclusively of these types of people. In my most recent article, I asserted that academic publishing in the humanities has become divorced from reality, in that articles that are nothing more than postmodernist nonsense are frequently published in reputable journals. I illustrated this by giving a few examples of articles accepted by reputable journals that were either blatant hoaxes by authors trying to discredit the field or genuine articles that are completely ridiculous. The problem is that these articles are used as teaching instruments in university and are the foundation of the modern social justice movement. This didn’t convince at least one reader, who wrote: “This article is garbage, with extreme cherry picking of its data and no concept of the different tiers of journals that actually matter …

The Humanities Have Gone Insane

At a now-infamous TA meeting at Wilfred Laurier University, an assistant professor of communications asserted that that Nicolas Matte’s comment “…it is not correct that there is such a thing as biological sex” is not something that’s up for debate, in that Matte’s statement is unequivocally true. The other professor in the meeting echoed this sentiment, claiming that one side of the TVO debate in question (Jordan Peterson’s side) had zero academic credibility. But how is it possible that there is zero academic credibility in something as simple as “there’s biological differences between males and females in animals and human beings”? The answer lies in certain subsections of academic journals in the humanities, which have been at odds with reality for a long time.   A Brief Introduction to Academic Publishing Scandals In 1996, a physics and math professor named Alan Sokal published an article in Social Text, an academic journal of cultural studies. His goal was to see if they would “…publish an article liberally salted with nonsense if (a) it sounded good and …